We are so excited for you to join us this September!
The Students’ Union looks after student events and groups (including sport) as well as being the voice for students at the University. We have so much planned to help you get settled in, but if you have any questions just drop email@example.com an email!
We have two weeks packed of loads of events from the OFFICAL University nightclub partner to wholesome hikes on Leckampton hill- there is something for everyone.
Interested in joining our Sports Clubs and Societies? There are over 100 student groups to get involved in- find your community by checking out their web pages, and by coming to our Welcome Fayre on Wednesday 14th September (and there will be loads of freebies including Dominos pizza)
You also have dedicated student representatives (our Full Time Officers) who you can reach out to with any questions.
Beth Timmons- Welfare and Diversity
Paige Archer- Activities and Opportunities
Ellie Hill- Education and Community
What ticket should I buy?
Whether you want to dip your toe into our welcome events, or have an aim to attend every post-sports social this year, we have ticket and wristband options for you.
The Night Pass
This gives you access to the biggest nightclub events across Gloucestershire this September. With every official UoG clubnight included, this pass gets you into the SU approved venues who value student safety. Access to a minimum of 8 events in the Welcome fortnight, this saves you up to £6!
The ultimate year pass for Uni life at UoG. If you want access all areas and to help you have the best first year, you’re going to want our black card. This includes:
Entry into EVERY Thursday Home&Botanic student night*
UoG Sweatshirt or Hoodie of your choice (just head to an SU shop when you arrive)
10% off all SU events all year
10% off SU shops year round
*excludes Cheltenham race week
If you’re not sure how many club nights you want to attend, or prefer to stick to daytime/evening events, you can buy individual and group tickets to loads of our activities! You can browse all the different options on our events page, or in this booklet!
But don’t delay- lots of our SU evening events and the big clubnights sell out fast.
When exactly is Welcome?
We run a load of introduction events and activities for the first two weeks of the main first term and call this period Welcome. That doesn’t mean the events or things to do stop there, we have events throughout the year from regular Blue&Blue club nights to society led activities.
Is there a range of drinking and non-drinking events?
Yes, we will have all things ranging from nightclub events, parties and gigs to board game evenings, outdoor cinemas and mug painting. There is never an obligation to drink at any event, so do come along to any that you like the sound of
What happens at the Welcome Fayre?
The Welcome Fayres are an amazing opportunity to meet clubs and societies but so much more as well here at UoG. We host a bunch of local companies, charities and other partners to really introduce you to all that Gloucestershire has to offer. You don't need a ticket so see you there on the 14th!
Are there bars on campus?
Yes! The SU operate a bar space on each of the three main UoG campuses including our new spaces at FCH and Oxstalls. You can learn more about The Living Room, The Loft and The Lounge online here
Can I get involved with the SU in Welcome?
Yes, there are plenty of ways to get stuck in with the SU, including finding out more about being a Course Representative or a Student Subject Co-Ordinator, learning about the Experience Officer roles and about what jobs are available within the SU Feel free to chat to us more about it at the Welcome Fayre!
What is there to do throughout the year at the SU?
There will be a range of events and activities throughout the year from bar events to outdoor events as well as some great officer led campaigns for students to get involved with. Keep an eye on the Students’ Union’s social media for updates and details!
Do I need to be religious to get involved in the Chaplaincy events?
No, you can get involved with the chaplaincy whether you are religious or not. The events are open to anyone!
Sports Clubs and Societies
How do I join a sports club or society?
You can sign up to be a member of any of our amazing clubs or societies online here as well as read more about what they do.
As well as reading about them online you can meet all of the clubs and societies at the Welcome Fayre, a free event on Wednesday 14th September at Park campus.
How do I set up an account?
If you haven’t got your University account yet but want to buy memberships or items on the website, that’s ok – you can set up a First Year Account which we’ll match up with your University account as soon as that’s confirmed.
All you need to do to get started is head here
You don’t need one to buy tickets to our events.
Out and About
How do I get around in Gloucestershire?
Within Cheltenham and Gloucester you can usually walk between accommodation and the spaces where we’ll be hosting events and activities. If you need to travel a bit further afield then there are options…
There are extensive cycle routes in both Cheltenham and Gloucester, you can read about the cycle routes online here
Getting a bus pass is a great way to ensure you can travel easily between campuses and events during Welcome and for the rest of the year. You can find tickets to buy online here
Throughout Cheltenham and Gloucester there are also Zwings electric scooters, learn more about them here
How do I get to my campus on the bus?
Students wanting to get from Cheltenham to Gloucester will be able to use a combination of the scheduled services N, D and 94. These run very regularly throughout the day and into the evening. Please refer to the Stagecoach Bus App for all route options.
The N service is the primary option for those wanting to move between sites within Cheltenham, including Pittville, Park and FCH
What is there to do in the area? (Cheltenham and Gloucester)
There is a range of walks you can go on in the area such as Crickley Hill, Leckhampton Hill, Cleeve Hill and Birdlip There are also some great places for shopping and eating, such as the Brewery Quarter in Cheltenham which offers a range of places to eat, as well as the High Street and Promenade for places to go shopping If you are looking for bars and clubs to go to, the main clubs are Moo Moo’s and Fever, and bars such as Revolution, Yates and Wetherspoons
Where are all the campuses located?
The Park and FCH campuses are in Cheltenham and Oxstalls is in Gloucester. Park Campus is near the top of town and imperial gardens, FCH campus is near the town centre by Pittville Park and Oxstalls is in Gloucester, which is not too far away from Kingsholm and the A40
What is there for Mature Students to do in Welcome?
All the Welcome events are open to all students, so mature students can go to anything they like the look of. We are excited to be hosting both drinking and non-drinking events, so there is a variety of choice for those who may not want to drink or stay too late at an event.
This year's Welcome week is proudly sponsored by Dominos: